Torero’s Mexican Restaurant is a small, local chain based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. They have called upper Peach St. home to one of their locations for almost the last six years. Last night, Amanda and I were joined by my friend Steve Anthony for dinner around 6:30. Every table is given a basket of double fried tortilla chips as well as individual bowls of fresh salsa when seated. While munching on the chips and salsa, we browsed the menu and found the page of “Mexi-Vegi” options. After a few minutes of decision making, we were ready to order.
Steve ordered the Vegetarian Expresso burrito. A large flour tortilla was stuffed with Mexican rice, their house Rancho beans, lettuce, and tomatoes. The Rancho beans are their cholesteral-free alternative to the refried beans. The beans were left whole and cooked until tender in a salted and seasoned broth. The burrito was served with guacamole and sour cream. The rice and beans combination was extremely flavorful. The cheese and red burrito sauce on top added just the right amount of moisture. Steve added El Yucateco green hot sauce as well as Tapatio hot sauce to his meal for a bigger kick of spice. It was a simple, but delicious plate of food.
Amanda went with the cheese quesadilla. Two crispy flour tortillas were loaded with cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheeses. Like the burrito, it was served with fresh lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, refried beans and Mexican rice. All of these elements are the basic staples of many Mexican dishes. The tortillas added the perfect crunch to the molten hot melted cheese. The cool sour cream and guacamole were a perfect contrast to the piping hot cheese. The refried beans and Mexican rice are the best accompaniment you could ask for with a meal like this. They add body and more substance to the dish and make sure you leave satisfied.
I wanted to try the Burrito en el Huerto. Translating to “burrito in the garden,” a big flour tortilla was packed with sautéed prickly pear cactus (nopales), sweet peppers, tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms. The burrito was topped with their special sauce and melted cheese. I was happy to see that the vegetables used were all fresh. The thinly-sliced cactus had a texture similar to a green bell pepper. They were sweet with just a hint of tartness. The filling overall was wonderful and a terrific break from what I typically order at a Mexican restaurant. I have never had cactus before and I am that glad I tried it; it will be something I have again for sure.
Thank you to everyone at Torero’s for the hospitality and great food. I hadn’t eaten there in a while and now I remember what I have been missing. The phone number for information is 814-864-2803. Their hours of operation are Monday through Thursday and Sundays from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
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Until next time,
Andrew – Beard vs. Food